Oven-Roasted Plantains Recipe

There are countless easy, quick, and affordable ways to enjoy plantains and one of my favorites is the Oven-Roasted Plantains recipe!

Roasted Plantains are popular African snacks that you can cook in the oven in under an hour. They were first cooked by the Yoruba people in Nigeria as a snack, a side dish, or a meal in itself.

It’s an awesome recipe to cook at home because it goes well with so many African sauces, stews, and soups. Not only are they absolutely sweet at starchy, but they are also healthy and filling.

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Your family will certainly feel the warmth, comfort, and satisfaction in every bite of the Roasted Plantains. Now, you can be sure that everyone’s eating healthy while satisfying their cravings!

How to Make Oven-Roasted Plantains

Have you tried cooking Roasted Plantains before? It’s a simple way of putting your plantains to good use. By roasting them in the oven, they will have a starchy, sweet, and tender quality that you’ll always look forward to.

Get ready to experience plantains like never before!

Ingredients

First, let’s learn more about the star of the recipe: plantains!

Plantains

Isn’t it interesting how plantains are fruits but feel, cooked, and taste like vegetables?

According to MIC Food, plantains are fruits because they belong in the same family as bananas. Unlike bananas, plantains are not usually eaten raw because of how firm they are when raw.

You can bake, steam, roast, or deep fry them to get the best quality. Even without added ingredients or spices, plantains taste incredible on their own. You can also mix them with meat, vegetables, seafood, and other fruits.

In this recipe, I suggest using ripe plantains because they have a sweet and starchy flavor that will taste amazing when roasted. After you cook them, they will have a soft texture too.

Health Benefits of Plantains

  • Plantains are good sources of fiber for digestion and metabolism.
  • Medical News Today mentioned that plantains have lots of vitamin C to boost immunity.
  • They also have vitamins to promote brain health.
  • An article by Healthier Step found that plantains can be good for sleep quality and mental health too.
  • With the magnesium from plantains, you can surely have more energy.

I’ve tried many plantain recipes, and my family always enjoyed them. Start with the Roasted Plantains recipe, and you won’t be able to get enough of these plantains. These might even be your new favorite snacks!

Directions

Power up your oven, and let’s cook the Oven-Roasted Plantains recipe!

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or 400°F for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  2. Rinse the plantains.
  3. Then, chop off both ends of the plantains with a knife.
  4. Slice along the ridges of the fruits to peel.
  5. Arrange the plantains on the oven rack.
  6. Roast them in the oven at 200°C or 400°F for 10 to 15 minutes on each side.
  7. Once happy with doneness, remove them from heat and enjoy!
roasted plantain recipe

Did you notice how sweet, soft, and decadent they have become? Imagine how tastier they will be once you pair them with the right dishes and drinks!

Tips

Buying plantains

  • According to Bon Appetit, ripe plantains are brown or black in color.
  • They will also feel soft but not too mushy.
  • You can buy unripe plantains and let them ripen.

Storing plantains

  • Let whole unripe plantains ripen at room temperature.
  • Once ripe, transfer them into resealable bags and store them in the fridge for several days.
  • Meanwhile, freeze peeled and sliced plantains to last up to a few weeks.
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Oven-Roasted Plantains Variations

There are many ways to make your Oven-Roasted Plantains or fresh plantains fun and exciting.

For instance, you can drizzle them with coconut oil for a nutty flavor and aroma. You can also season the plantains with salt, sugar, chili flakes, and other herbs and spices of your choice.

Aside from ripe plantains, try roasting unripe plantains for an earthy flavor. Both ripe and unripe plantains are great for steaming, baking, roasting, grilling, air frying, and deep frying.

No-Oven Roasted Plantains

Preheat your frying pan over medium fire for several minutes. Once hot, turn down the heat and place the peeled plantains on the pan. Cover it to trap the air inside. 

Once golden on one side, turn it over to cook the other side. Once contended, remove them from heat and let them cool before serving. You can also try the Air Fryer Roasted Plantains!

More Plantain Recipes

  • Oven: Roast the ingredient in the oven.
  • Knife: Peel the fruit using a knife. 

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How to Serve Oven-Roasted Plantains

Before you know it, your Oven-Roasted Plantains will be soft and ready in no time!

You can serve Oven-Roasted Plantains on their own, especially when you want to eat something healthy and fruity. They’re also great for eating as snacks, desserts, appetizers, or even side dishes.

There are also plenty of garnish options you can add to the plantains. You can top them off with salt, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, coconut flakes, and even Vanilla Ice Cream.

Here are some of the best dishes to pair with roasted plantains:

  • Okra Soup – you will love the viscous okra with tender plantains
  • Assorted Meat Stew – starchy and sweet plantains go so well with savory soup
  • Smoked Mackerel Stew – the tender and flaky mackerel will taste better with the roasted fruits
  • Almond Vegetable Stew – you can trust that plantains are great with vegetables, too
  • Nigerian Beans – cook soft and creamy beans to go with the plantains
  • Grilled Salmon – give smoky salmon a starchy side dish
  • Fried Eggs – something as simple as eggs taste better with plantains
  • Green Salad – toss some cooked plantains into your salad

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Eat the Roasted Plantains within four hours or while hot.

make ahead

In the fridge: Keep roasted plantains in containers and refrigerate them to last up to four days. 

To freeze: Store the plantains in a freezer bag to freeze for a few weeks.

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Frequently Asked Question

Are roasted plantains healthy?

Yes, roasted plantains are healthy because they are naturally nutritious on their own. They have fewer calories yet more vitamins and minerals. These can be a source of fiber, energy, and immunity as well! 

According to Foods from Africa, 100 grams of plantain is 8% of your daily fiber intake. It can certainly help with digestion and metabolism.

What is roasted plantain?

A roasted plantain is one of the best ways to cook and enjoy plantains. Using the oven, roast the plantain until sweet and soft. It will pair well with your favorite soups, stews, dishes, and drinks!

How to roast plantain at home?

You can roast plantains in the oven or in an air fryer.

If you prefer to cook it in the oven, then preheat the oven to 200°C. Peel the plantains and season them as preferred. Cook the plantains 15 minutes on each side or until done.

On the other hand, it’s also good to cook it in the air fryer. First, preheat the air fryer to 200°C. Then, cook the plantains for 10 minutes on each side and in one layer.

What do plantains taste like?

Plantains taste sweet and starchy when ripe and cooked. They will have an enriched flavor once seasoned with herbs and spices. Meanwhile, unripe plantains have an earthy and bitter flavor.

oven-roasted plantain recipe

Roasted Plantains

5 from 2 votes
Free yourself from high-calorie junk food and ravish these fiber-rich, low-calorie, and nutritious roasted plantains!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 roasted plantains
Course Fruits, Snack
Cuisine African
Calories 218kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6 plantains (ripe and firm)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven.
    Preheat the oven at 200°C or 400°F for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the plantains.
    Rinse the plantains and slice off the stalk and the other end. Run your knife vertically on the plantain for easy peeling.
  • Take the oven rack out of the preheating oven and carefully arrange the plantains in the middle rack.
  • Roast the plantains.
    Roast the plantains in the oven at 200°C or 400°F for 10 to 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the plantains over and roast for another 15 minutes.
  • Note that the roasting time depends on how many plantains you’re roasting. The more plantains you have, the longer it will take. Remove them from the oven once golden.

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Notes

  • Use ripe and firm plantains for roasting for a delicious sweet flavor.
  • Store plantains properly to prevent spoilage.
  • Plantains can also be fried, steamed, baked, or boiled.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 6)Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 872mgFiber: 3gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 2017IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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